Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has stuck up for former Germany colleague Bastian Schweinsteiger by calling the way the midfielder has been treated by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho “perverse”.
World Cup winner Schweinsteiger has been frozen out of the United side completely since Mourinho arrived, and is yet to even make it into a match-day squad under the Portuguese coach.
In fact, the likelihood of Schweinsteiger ever pulling on the Red Devils’ iconic red jersey again seems extremely slim, and Gunners centre-back Mertesacker can’t quite get his head around it all.
Speaking to Kicker, via the Evening Standard, the former German international said: “It’s bad luck for him that he joined a club that has again changed its manager, and that the new manager doesn’t want him.
“It can happen to you at any time in this business, and it’s a bit perverse, but Basti signed a good contract, and he knew where he was going.
“He just had bad luck with the way it worked out. He will draw his conclusions and I wish him all the best.”
Last week, Schweinsteiger, 32, was linked with a move to MLS, after ruling out ever playing for another European club.
What do you think of the way he has been treated under Mourinho? With United’s current midfield stuttering somewhat, should Schweinsteiger be at least given an opportunity to show what he can do?
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